A shachihoko (鯱鉾 / 鯱) – or simply shachi (鯱) – is an animal in Japanese folklore with the head of a tiger and the body of a carp. It was believed that this animal could cause the rain to fall, and as such, temples and castles were often adorned with roof ornaments (shibi) crafted in the form of a shachihoko, in order to protect them from fire. Those buildings were often made of wood, rendering them flammable.
Japanese female idol group Team Syachihoko uses the animal in its name and logo.
- Chiwen, similar character in Chinese mythology and architecture with the same function, described since the Han dynasty (202 BC – 220 AD).
- Grotesque (architecture)
- Makara (Hindu mythology)
- Shibi (roof tile)
- Team Shachi, a J-pop idol group
- Media related to Shachi at Wikimedia Commons